Marked by sparse instrumentation, a relaxed tempo and striking vocal harmonies, the music of Low first captivated listeners with the band's debut release, I Could Live in Hope, in 1994. The follow-up, Long Division, appeared in 1995, adding a post-punk flavor to the group's elegantly minimal songs. Low reached a wider audience with the 1996 release of their album The Curtain Hits the Cast, and in 1999 they explored more diverse instrumentation on the album Secret Name, adding piano, timpani and a string section to the mix. In 2000, Low had a hit with their rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy," which appeared in a holiday TV commercial for Gap. 2001 saw the release of Things We Lost in the Fire, hailed by many critics as one of the year's best releases and featuring guest appearances from Marc D'Gli Antoni of Soul Coughing and Shellac members Daniel Huffman and Ida Pearle. This was followed by 2002's Trust and a more up-tempo, wide-ranging album, The Great Destroyer, in 2005.
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